Category: Bluegrass Today Profiles

Having A Coffee with … Tim Surrett 

| January 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

This is fun series in which we ask bluegrass music personalities, some famous, some not so famous, about some of their interests as well as about the music that they love.   Joining me this morning is Tim Surrett, a member of the award-winning bluegrass […]


County Sales – 50 Years On

| December 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

David Freeman has received many plaudits, some given on a personal level and some, like the induction into IBMA’s Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame (in 2002), given, if not with some razzamatazz, with a greater public awareness. We can’t allow this year (2015) to pass […]


Bear Family Records celebrates 40 Years of Music

| December 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

2015 has marked the 40th anniversary of Bear Family Records, the German-based outlet that is famous for its quality and most-often lavish sets of premium bluegrass and country music recordings. Essentially, Bear Family Records is Richard Weize. It is his pursuit of excellence that makes […]


Jeremy Garrett: A Session in The RV

| December 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Nestled in The Festy backstage area in scenic Nelson County, Virginia sat The RV. You know which one. The one that should be declared a national park just like the ones it has been rolling past this year. To music-lovers, it is hallowed space not […]


Having a Coffee with …… Ron Block 

| November 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

This is fun series in which we ask bluegrass music personalities, some famous, some not so famous, about some of their interests as well as about the music that they love.   Ron Block, banjo and guitar player with Alison Krauss & Union Station since […]


Ryan Cavanaugh – a banjo anomaly

| November 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

The national popularity of bluegrass music might ebb and flow with social and artistic trends, but the quality of picking and musical ability has stayed on an impressively upward trajectory throughout the decades. Anyone who keeps up with the music knows that this is especially […]


A visit with Charles Haney

| October 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

This recollection of a visit with Charles Haney is a contribution from Becky Johnson, as are the accompanying photographs. Charles and his brother, Carlton, revolutionized the way bluegrass music is consumed in this country when they hosted the first multi-day bluegrass festival in 1965. The Haneys were […]


Young Uns #3 – The Zolla Boys

| October 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Lilly Brothers and, contemporaneously, the Gibson Brothers and the Spinney Brothers have shown that talented musicians who play and sing in the traditional mountain style with verve and intensity don’t have to come from the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. The Zolla Boys, Ben, […]


Gospel Choices #4 – Bob Webster 

| October 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Here’s the fourth contribution of a periodical feature, where we ask bluegrass personalities to choose their top five Gospel songs. This week we hear from Bob Webster, who has been very thoughtful in making his choices, which are …….. Wicked Path of Sin – Bill […]


The Price Sisters: Living the Tradition

| October 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

This profile of The Price Sisters is a contribution from Paul O. Jenkins, a published author and bluegrass/old time enthusiast. Identifying with Bill Monroe comes naturally to 21 year-old Lauren Price from Sardis, Ohio. “I’ve always had a reserved, even shy, disposition,” she says. “I […]